MadFriars Daily Padres Prospect Report: August 15

The struggle was real in the San Diego system Monday night as only the Storm and the AZL Padres found the win column. El Paso’s losing streak continued at home while the TinCaps and Dust Devils both lost.

Oklahoma City Dodgers 8, Chihuahuas

Key Statistics: RF Hunter Renfroe, 2-for-4, 2B, RBI; 2B Carlos Asuaje, 1-for-4, 2B, R; RHP Carlos Pimentel (L, 11-7) 4 IP, 10 H, 8 ER, 4 BB, 6 K; RHP Eric Yardley, 2 IP, 2 H, K. 

Prospect Watch: El Paso dropped their fifth straight, with former Padre outfielder Will Venable homering for the Dodgers affiliate ... Hunter Renfroe had two hits including a double in the loss. Renfroe has 147 hits this season, second in the league behind teammate Carlos Asuaje. Renfroe is still leading the PCL with 27 homers ... RHP Carlos Pimentel gives fuel to those that think pitcher ‘wins’ are a flawed and useless stat. Pimentel is third in the PCL with 11 wins but has the 4th worst ERA in the PCL (6.10) among pitchers who have enough innings to qualify for the ERA title. Opposing hitters are batting over .300 against the righty and his 1.68 WHIP is the second-worst mark in the league, behind fellow Chihuahua Daniel McCutchen. Pimentel has been better on the road but his overall line doesn’t inspire confidence in his ability to help the big league team down the stretch. 

Missions: The Missions had the day off. The Missions still managed to grab some headlines, as RHP Dinelson Lamet won Texas League Pitcher of the Week. The young pitcher pitched 12 shutout innings last week, with a 16:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio. 

Storm 8, Inland Empire 66’ers 7

Key Statistics: 3B Ty France, 2-for-4, 2B, R, 3 RBI; 1B Josh Naylor, 3-for-4, R, 2 RBI; DH Fernando Perez, 2-for-4, HR (8), 2 RBI, R; RHP Chris Huffman, 5.2 IP, 9 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 3 K; LHP Jose Castillo, 0.2 IP, H, 2 R (both unearned) 3 BB; RHP Phil Maton (W, 3-1) IP, 2 K. 

Prospect Watch: The Storm ended a three-game losing streak to beat the 66’ers. Ty France delivered a walk-off sacrifice fly ... France was the hero, but the infielder also had a multi-hit game and has arguably been Lake Elsinore’s best player in the 2nd half. The former San Diego State Aztec has a OPS north of .900 in the Cal League while hitting seven homers in 150 at-bats. France isn’t likely to ever be considered a top prospect but a 34th-rounder with a career .413 on-base percentage and developing power deserves some recognition ... RHP Chris Huffman was roughed up Monday, as the big righty has experienced a trying second half. Huffman started for the Cal League in the All-Star game but has not been able to capture the same type of magic in the season’s second half. The former James Madison product has an 11.40 ERA over his last four starts (19 ER in 15.1 innings) and his ERA has swelled to 4.07 ... First baseman Josh Naylor had three hits, all singles in the Storm victory. The former first-rounder is hitting .304/.315/.420 in 16 games for Lake Elsinore. 

Dayton Dragons 6, TinCaps

Key Statistics: SS Ruddy Giron, 2-for-4, (2) 2B; DH Tyler Selesky, 1-for-3, 3B; LHP Thomas Dorminy (L, 3-4) 5.1 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 4 BB, 2 K. 

Prospect Watch: The TinCaps were shutout, despite three extra-base hits ... Shortstop Ruddy Giron had two doubles in the loss. The 19-year-old is 7-for-17 over his last four games with three doubles in the hot stretch. The young infielder’s overall numbers look putrid but he has a much more respectable .279/.338/.380 slash-line the season’s second half ... LHP Thomas Dorminy struggled and took the loss. The lefty has been solid for Fort Wayne this season but 9.47 ERA in the Cal League shows he may not have the stuff to succeed as a starter. Dorminy could thrive in the bullpen and seems like an obvious candidate to convert to a swingman-type of reliever in 2017. 

Boise Hawks 5, Dust Devils 2

Key Statistics: 2B Nate Easley, 1-for-5, 3B; RF Luis Asuncion, 2-for-4, 2 RBI; LF Josh Magee, 2-for-4; RHP Cal Quantrill (L, 0-1) 3.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R (0 ER), 5 K. 

Prospect Watch: The Dust Devils lost their second straight against the Boise Hawks ... Right fielder Luis Asuncion had a pair of singles and drove in the only runs for Tri-City. The right fielder is huge -- he is listed six-four and 205 lbs and has the build of a guy who could develop plus power. The 19-year-old hit a homer in a big league spring training game this season he is hitting .236/.344/.300 in 140 at-bats for the Dust Devils this season ... RHP Cal Quantrill took the loss, despite not allowing an earned run, as the defense made three errors behind him. The Padres’ top pick in this June’s draft still has yet to allow an earned run in 11 Northwest League innings. 

AZL Padres 11, AZL Mariners 5

Key Statistics: 1B Luis Anguizola, 2-for-5, 3 R; RF Dayon Olmo, 4-for-5, 2B, 3 R, RBI; CF Tre Carter, 4-for-5, 3B, R, 3 RBI; RHP Mason Thompson, 2 IP, 2 H, ER, 3 BB, 2 K; RHP Trey McNutt, IP; RHP Juan Arias (W, 1-1) 0.1 IP. 

Prospect Watch: 2016 11th-rounder Tre Carter had four hits, including a triple in the AZL squad’s victory. The 19-year-old is 6-for-12 to start his pro career ... RHP Trey McNutt made his second rehab appearance for the AZL Padres and threw a scoreless inning. The former Cub was a top-50 prospect in 2011, according to Baseball America. He has battled shoulder issues throughout a career but he was one of a few dozen to sign a minor league deal with the Padres last off-season.  


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